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Standard Yarn Weights & Project Inspiration | B.Hooked TV

Season 2, Episode 16 https://youtu.be/mDmlKfdcLtY In this episode of B.Hooked TV I'll outline the eight different yarn weight categories and share my favorite type of project to crochet with each. Yarn weight seems like a pretty straight-forward topic, however, as you get more into crochet and reading patterns, you'll find there are several ways to say the same weight. By the end of this episode, you'll understand exactly what a pattern is referring to in the yarn requirements section. This season of B.Hooked TV is sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn which means I get to share some of their amazing yarns in demonstration, and use that yarn to create more free patterns for you this season! In this episode, I'll show a variety of Lion Brand yarns in each yarn…
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Finding and Sourcing Yarn When It’s Less Available In Your Area | The BHooked Podcast Episode 140

In this episode you'll hear from Caitie of Thoresby Cottage, talented designer and crochet addict located in South Africa where yarn resources are a bit limited. In order to grow in her craft and pursue her passion as a designer, Caitie has needed to be resourceful to create patterns and projects she loves. She shares tips for finding and substituting yarn in patterns, ordering online as well as some clever projects for those one or two special hanks in your stash that weren't easy to get. Click Play to Listen! Links & Resources Mentioned in this Episode Thoresby Cottage | Caitie's Blog Five Tips for Ordering Yarn Online | BHooked Podcast Episode 123 Scheepjes | the amazing yarn who's name we couldn't pronounce :) The Ultimate Granny Square Sourcebook 3D…
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Dying Yarn, Leveling Up your Projects (and Maker Business) | The BHooked Podcast Episode 139

Are you looking for a way to take your projects to the next level? Try dying your own yarn! In this episode you'll hear from Ashley, talented dyer and maker behind Montana Crochet. Her passion for dying yarn really shines as she shares some tips for getting started and for achieving some really great looking coloration. Ashley is also very passionate about her maker business and the community as a whole. We wrap up this episode chatting a bit about where you can find inspiration for your yarn dying experiments and tips for standing out. Links & Resources Mentioned in this Episode Montana Crochet | Ashley's website and where to look for shop updates! Ashley on Instagram Knit Picks | Bare yarn to dye Dharma Trading Co | Acid Dyes…
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7 Tips for Crocheting with Fuzzy Yarn | B.Hooked TV

Season 2, Episode 5 https://youtu.be/RZFMvabPIxQ In this episode of B.Hooked I'll share 7 tips for working with fuzzy yarn. You're not the only one who can't see the stitches! It's a love-hate relationship for most of us when it comes to working with fuzzy yarn. However, it's most frustrating quality is also it's most forgiving quality. Although you can't see your stitches as you work, you also can't see the mistakes you made as a result! This season of B.Hooked TV is sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn which means I get to share some of their amazing yarns in demonstration, and use that yarn to create more free patterns for you this season! In this episode, I'll demonstrate the with Lion Brand Go For Faux Yarn. I am new to…
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Best Practices for Yarn Substitution | The BHooked Podcast Episode 125

Have you ever made a pattern yarn substitution and it didn't turn out quite right? Either the size was off or the finished project didn't look the same. Can I get a yes?! I had to learn the hard way that you can't use whatever yarn you want with the same hook or needle size and have it turn out the same. That's not to say yarn substitution isn't possible, however! You can avoid the frustration that comes from finishing a project you're not happy with if you do a little prep work first. That's what you'll learn about in this episode - the best practices for making a yarn substitution. By the way, the trial offer of Amazon Prime free for 30 days is still available! Enjoy free 2-day…
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Five Tips for Ordering Yarn Online | BHooked Podcast Episode 123

Are you afraid of ordering yarn online because you need to see and feel it first? Maybe you've tried before and it wasn't the right color or even worse, the textured wasn't what you expected. This has happened to me too! There are so many variables potentially working against us. Is our screen to bright? Too dim? Am I familiar with this yarn already or is it brand new? I'll be honest, I love the "thrill of the hunt" - going to a store like Joann's or Michael's not knowing what I'm going to find. You just can't get the same tactile experience when ordering yarn online. But sometimes it's something we need to do and today I'll share five tips for ordering yarn online so you're less disappointed or…
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Six Steps to an Organized Yarn Stash | BHooked Podcast Episode 122

Is your yarn stash out of control? Don't worry, it happens to the best of us! I usually need to sort through and organize my yarn stash at least once a year. Admittedly, this isn't something I love scheduling time for but it does save me time in the long run! Here's the deal - organizing your yarn stash can do four things for you. First, it will save you money because you won't be buying yarn you already have (that you forgot about). Second, it will save you time when looking for the right yarn for your project (because you'll know exactly where to look). Third, it will get you excited for the yarn you have (just like when you bought it the first time) and lastly, it will…
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Side Hustle Yarn Business Meets Full Time Job | The BHooked Podcast Episode 112

Are you trying to balance your full time job and your side hustle yarn business? This is no easy task. Finding a balance usually involves is a ton of trial and error, lots of help from your friends and family and a little inspiration from others trying to balance it all too. Today I'm joined by, Melissa, side hustle maker behind the website Woods and Wool. Melissa has a full time job that she loves and chooses to balance that with her passion project and side hustle. In this episode, you'll hear some of the strategies Melissa uses to juggle these areas of her life while still maintaining happiness as well as a few stories I'm sure you'll relate to as someone working full time while building a side hustle…
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3 Things You Must Do to Substitute Yarn | B.Hooked TV Episode 10

In this episode of B.Hooked TV we'll explore the three things you must do to substitute yarn in your project. How to substitute yarn is probably the most frequent question I hear from new crocheters and knitters. Many times you'll be unfamiliar with a yarn your pattern calls for and you'll want to make a substitute. Other times you may have a yarn you'd like to use instead. There are three very important things you must consider when making a yarn substitution in order for the pattern to come out as intended. [divider] B.Hooked TV is a new weekly series dedicated to helping you get better at your craft. I share a new video every Monday so you can start your week with yarn! Sometimes we talk about crochet techniques,…
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What It Means to Be a Yarn Punk (It’s probably not what you think!) | The BHooked Podcast Episode 104

A New Genre of Crochet We often use crochet as a form of self expression without really thinking about it. Yarn isn't something we do, it's more of who we are. Until recently, there hasn't been a way to describe how yarn allows us to express our true selves. That's where "yarn punk" comes in. On today's episode you'll hear from Vincent of Knot Bad Crochet as he shares a new genre of crochet called "yarn punk". It's not so much punk or rock related as it is a way to showcase what yarn means and expresses for you. You'll Learn About Vincent and how he started Yarn PunkWhat yarn punk means to you and why it probably isn't related to rock and rollHow to can express yourself through your…
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Yarn Dying Basics | The BHooked Podcast Episode 91

Ever wonder how to dye yarn? My first experience dying yarn wasn't exactly a success but through that experience I learned that there are crucial steps to the process. Dying yarn can be a great Sunday funday project if your hands need a break from your current WIP. Who knows, it may even become a new hobby for you! Today’s Guest I'm thrilled to chat with Ali of Explorer Knits this week on the podcast! It's certainly a conversation I wish I had (or heard) before I tried dying my first hank of yarn. You'll hear about that interesting experience too! Ali runs through it all from what yarns to experiment with first, the different dyes and which you should use as a beginner and then she walks us through…
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Explore More Ways to Craft With Yarn | The BHooked Podcast Episode 86

Have you ever wanted to explore more ways to craft with yarn? I think we all do once we get to a certain point with our craft. Whether you knit, crochet or both, at some point you'll probably want to expand your creativity and find more ways to craft with yarn. Perhaps it the learner in me but I'm always looking for a fun new way to use yarn. I'm not necessarily looking to become a master, but just give it a try; experiment and see what I like! I've made it a personal goal to try everything my guest and I chat about on today's episode at least once! Want to join me in that challenge? Today’s Guest I'm joined today by return guest Jenny Bessonette. As the Executive…
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Tips for Choosing the Best Yarn for Cold Weather Projects | The BHooked Podcast Episode 80

Do you struggle choosing the right yarn for your fall projects? You're not alone! Honestly, it wasn't until I started learning the hard way that particular yarns are more appropriate for some projects over others. If you've ever had a saggy sweater or fuzzy pair of mits, you may have found a yarn that isn't right for that project. Rather than learn the hard way, let's take an educated approach to choosing the right yarn for our fall projects. That way we can save ourselves time, effort and money! Today’s Guest I'm joined by Kersti and Taiu from Koigu Yarns, a family owned business for three generations. They start off sharing the story of the family business and then we dive into common fall projects and the yarns that ideal…
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Learn How to Make the Cute Crochet Carry-All by Yarnspirations

This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations As you know, I've been working with Yarnspirations each month to film a tutorial for one of their newest crochet patterns. This month's Lookbook, Pic-Knit, has so many wonderful patterns to enjoy the warm weather! Out of all the practical and fun-in-the-sun patterns, I found myself drawn to the Cute Crochet Carry-All the most. This pattern uses one of my favorite yarns, Bernat Maker Home Dec. It's just one of those yarns that's easy on the hands and down right nice to work with when it's a scorcher outside.  Many bulky weight yarns require a lot of "elbow grease" and this just isn't one of them. Believe it or not, the yarn wasn't the only reason I found myself drawn to the Cute Crochet…
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Yarn Bombing | The BHooked Podcast Episode 65

What is yarn bombing? Have you ever heard of the term yarn bombing before? If you haven't, I have a feeling we're going to open up a whole new world to you, my guest and I. Yarn bombing is the act of wrapping an object in yarn to give it a new life or color. You'll most often find yarn bombing in public places, where it can be admired. Now you may wonder, is yarn bombing illegal? Or is yarn bombing harmful? These questions and more are answered right here on this episode. Today's Guest I'm joined by, London Kaye, a street artist based in Brooklyn who has been leaving a real mark in the industry. She has been featured in the New York Times and has worked with some…
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Yarn is Your Art Medium | The BHooked Podcast Episode 64

Have you ever considered yarn as an artistic medium? For many of us the yarn will guide the project, meaning only after we see and feel the yarn do we know what to make with it. For some though, the entire concept revolves around a yarn base (a blend of fibers) that inspires color, texture and eventually a project. This is the approach taken by the team at KnitCrate when then plan for their monthly subscription crate. Today's Guest I'm joined by, Rob and Hannah, from KnitCrate and let me just say - I learned so much from them! Rob is incredibly passionate about business and he speaks about how business is his artistic medium. Extremely interesting for a passionate entrepreneur! Hannah, tells us all a bit about fashion forecasting…
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How Wool Is Processed to Make Yarn | The BHooked Podcast Episode 62

Have you ever wondered how wool is processed to make yarn? You're not alone! The process of turning wool into yarn is pretty incredible and it's even something you can do yourself! This month marks the beginning of yarn appreciation and what better way to appreciate yarn than to follow the process of cleaning, spinning and dying? I have just the perfect person to share this journey with you. Today's Guest I'm joined by, Bren, creative entrepreneur behind, Snerb Yarn. If you have seen her photos on Instagram, no doubt one word comes to mind - talented! Bren taught me so much and I can't wait for you to hear from her! You'll Learn Why Bren started making her own yarn. Where to buy fleece and how to organize a…
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Learn How to Make the Caron Summer Ripple Afghan by Yarnspirations

This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations Grab a yarn buddy and make a Summer Ripple Afghan! The Summer Ripple Afghan by Yarnspirations really draws you in. Aren't ripples just gorgeous? Ripples are a wonderful way to incorporate modern style with traditional roots in your home. The flow of the design, for me, invites a comforting rhythm – representing the ebbs and flows that make up our lives. What’s more thrilling than creating a statement piece that has internal meaning as well? The first thing you’ll need to do to get started with this beauty is choose your color palette. I personally love the red, white and blue theme here but I encourage you to find the three colors you are most drawn to. My favorite thing about Caron Simply Soft is…
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Learn How to Make the Simple Chevron Baby Blanket by Yarnspirations

This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations My Niece's Cuddly New Blanket! Ten months ago the world was blessed with a new baby girl, my adorable niece, whose sweet little face can melt away even the worst of days. Three nephews is a ton of fun but learning that my sister would have a girl made me so happy. I could now crochet baby girl things! My sister is quite artistic - she loves color and modern decor and this theme is present throughout her home. When I had a look through Yarnspirations latest Lookbook, Baby's Day Out, the Simple Chevron Crochet Baby Blanket pattern just jumped right off the virtual pages - my niece had to have one! If you're like me, you look for any opportunity to use Bernat…
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Learn How to Make the Women’s Curvy Crochet Cowl by Yarnspirations

This post is sponsored by Yarnspirations Let's Take Cozy to a New Level. I don't know about you but I am always cold so I'm always on the look-out for cozy clothes. This year I've set a personal goal for myself to crochet more clothing - what about you? I'd love if you joined me for this super cozy, super squishy project. I fell in love with this pattern after first seeing it in Yarnspirations new collection of free patterns. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should definitely have a look through their January "Blanket Statements" Lookbook. There are twelve brand new knit and crochet patterns for every corner of your life. You can browse through the pages online here: "Blanket Statements" Lookbook by Yarnspirations [divider] The Pattern What you…
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